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  • Jeff Chance, born Jeff Barosh, the above band's lead singer

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Quotations about chance



  • Men have fashioned an image of Chance as an excuse for their own stupidity. For Chance rarely conflicts with intelligence, and most things in life can be set in order by an intelligent sharpsightedness.
  • I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
  • Le hasard, c'est peut-être le pseudonyme de Dieu quand il ne veut pas signer.
    • Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
    • Théophile Gautier, La croix de Berny (Paris: Librairie Nouvelle, 1855), p. 28
  • Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.
    • W. E. Henley (1849-1903), Invictus
  • In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.
    • Louis Pasteur, in a lecture, University of Lille (7 December 1854)
    • Variant translation: Chance favors the prepared mind.
  • Times go by turns, and chances change by course,
    From foul to fair, from better hap to worse.


  • If you are too fortunate, you will not know yourself. If you are too unfortunate, nobody will know you.
  • I must complain the cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand.


  • He who waits for chance may wait for a year.
    • Proverb, published in The Jo|Chancef Negro History (1916)
  • Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.
  • Chance favours the prepared mind, but only if the other guy isn't as lucky as you are.
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
    • English proverb

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From LoveToKnow 1911

CHANCE (through the O. Fr. cheance, from the Late Lat. cadentia, things happening, from cadere, to fall out, happen; cf. "case"), an accident or event, a phenomenon which has no apparent or discoverable cause; hence an event which has not been expected, a piece of good or bad fortune. From the popular idea that anything of which no assignable cause is known has therefore no cause, chance (Gr. -rux?7) was regarded as having a substantial objective existence, being itself the source of such uncaused phenomena. For the philosophic theories relating to this subject see Accidentalism.

"Chance," in the theory of probability, is used in two ways. In the stricter,, or mathematical usage, it is synonymous with probability; i.e. if a particular event may occur in n ways in an aggregate of p events, then the "chance" of the particular event occurring is given by the fraction n/p. In the second usage, the "chance" is regarded as the ratio of the number of ways which a particular event may occur to the number of ways in which it may not occur; mathematically expressed, this chance is nl (p-n) (see Probability). In the Englisk law relating to gaming and wagering a distinction is drawn between games of chance and games of skill (see Gaming And Wagering) .

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Proper noun




  1. A male given name, an American pet form of Chauncey, in modern usage also associated with the word chance.


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Chance f. (genitive Chance, plural Chancen)

  1. chance

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Bible wiki

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(Luke 10:31). "It was not by chance that the priest came down by that road at that time, but by a specific arrangement and in exact fulfilment of a plan; not the plan of the priest, nor the plan of the wounded traveller, but the plan of God. By coincidence (Gr. sungkuria) the priest came down, that is, by the conjunction of two things, in fact, which were previously constituted a pair in the providence of God. In the result they fell together according to the omniscient Designer's plan. This is the true theory of the divine government." Compare the meeting of Philip with the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26, 27). There is no "chance" in God's empire. "Chance" is only another word for our want of knowledge as to the way in which one event falls in with another (1 Sam. 6:9; Eccl. 9:11).

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Chance, as in probability, is a way of expressing the belief that an event will happen, or has happened, and chance, as in luck, is the belief that something happened because of good or bad fortune.

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